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GEO Community Practicum

Modified: December 1, 2017
GEO Practicum
Want to use your grad school work to help a community organization? Apply for the Spring 2018 Graduate Engagement Opportunities Community Practicum.

Graduate Engagement Opportunities (GEO) encourages grad students to connect theory and practice through a quarter-long internship with a community organization and a graduate seminar on engaged scholarship. Students spend 10 weeks working at a community organization, where they can bring their expertise on important community issues and serve as leaders in public policy and public service.

See what past GEO alumni have to say about their experience of the program:

"GEO helped me make connections to people and programs in Evanston and Chicago that will be valuable for my future research. I also enjoyed learning about the broader history of Chicago, and it made me more excited to be living here!"
- Lynn Meissner (Human Development & Social Policy, SESP)

"The GEO was a fantastic introduction to the history, politics and civic fabric of Chicago. As an international student, it was very valuable in helping me integrate into the larger community outside of academia."
- Anne Marie Singh (Media, Technology & Society, SoC)

GEO is connected to over 100 organizations in Chicago and Evanston. Once admitted to the program, each student works one-on-one with GEO staff to secure an internship placement that matches his/her interests. Typically, students work 10-20 hours per week on a project they develop with their work supervisor. We have successfully placed students in humanities, STEM and social sciences at all stages of doctoral study.

Past placements have included:
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • City of Evanston Health Department
  • Evanston Office of Sustainability
  • Chicago Public Schools
Students also take the class CFS 495: Civic Engagement and Graduate Education. This faculty-led seminar allows students to connect experiences at their work site with their studies. Shared readings, along with guest speakers and site visits, foster discussion across disciplines. Topics may include theories and models of engaged scholarship, histories of civic engagement in Chicago and case studies in community-university partnerships.

The early application deadline is Monday, December 11, 2017. The final deadline to apply is Friday, January 22, 2018. Contact Beatrice Choi with any questions you may have.
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